VANCOUVER, Dec. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Caring professionals from not-for-profit
agencies that support vulnerable families on the North Island will be
on strike Monday, December 10.
Community workers want to send a clear message to the B.C. government:
stop putting vulnerable families last!
Since 2004, the B.C. Liberal government has cut $300 million in funding
for programs that support vulnerable families, the developmentally
disabled, at-risk youth, and children and infants in community-based
programs across the province.
The following not-for profit community agencies will be on strike on
The Campbell River and District Association for Community Living (CRDACL) provides services for people with special needs and their families,
including group homes and day programs, infant development and more.
There are around 116 CRDACL workers represented by the B.C. Government
and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU). The BCGEU will be picketing the head CRDACL office at 301 Dogwood Street
in Campbell River from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
In Courtenay, Health Sciences Association (HSA) members from the Comox Valley Transition Society and John Howard Society will be on strike December 10, but there will be no picket lines.
Instead, striking HSA members will be gathering at 1625 McPhee Street to serve hot chocolate, chili or soup and collecting warm clothing for
those in need while leafleting the public.
The Comox Valley Transition Society (CVTS) provides supportive programs for women and children fleeing
violence, including transition housing, counseling, education and
advocacy as well as a thrift store.
The John Howard Society of the North Island offers youth support services, including rehabilitation, education, and
After a decade of cuts and neglect, community workers believe the B.C.
government needs to re-fund community-based social services programs.
The caring professionals in the sector have faced a decade of declining
wages, with starting wages now below the living wage. Residential care
workers start at $15.54 an hour, down from $16.83 ten years ago. That's
a wage cut of one-fifth, factoring in inflation.
Since October 16, rotating strike action in community-based social
services have impacted agencies around British Columbia, including in
Vancouver, Kamloops, Prince George Victoria, Nelson, Vernon, Williams
Lake, and many others.
The BCGEU and HSA are a part of the Community Social Services Bargaining
Association, which includes ten unions representing 15,000 workers in
Further job action will be announced in Nanaimo, Parksville and Victoria
later in the week.
SOURCE: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
Media, please contact Oliver Rohlfs, BCGEU Communication (778)318-9164 or firstname.lastname@example.org